Q. I am a retired federal government employee since 2013. I paid into Social Security from 1966 through 1983 when the late President Ronald Reagan took all federal employees out of Social Security and placed us into Medicare. How do Medicare benefits help me? My time to apply is three months from April 2018. Will I be penalized due to receiving a very low Social Security check when I will be getting my Medicare card next year?
Q. I am a FERS employee, eligible for early retirement due to 25 years on the job, but I am only 58 years old, so do not qualify for Social Security. Therefore, I am still working. Meanwhile, I would like to apply for Social Security Disability [SSDI]. If I am turned down, I understand I may qualify for FERS disability retirement. Also, would I still be eligible to get my Social Security benefits at age 62? Can I continue to work until I am approved for FERS disability?
Q. I’m a 51-year-old FERS employee with 19 years 7 months of service. If I’m released from my position, can I collect any type of unemployment? Would I lose my FERS annuity and TSP contributions?
Q. I am 50 years of age with 26 years of experience under FERS with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. I’ve been offered a job that far exceeds the one I’m currently at but would have to leave the agency. Is that possible with my time in and age limit? Can I file for retirement now? I’ve been told I could, but is resignation another option? From reading, doesn’t look good. If there is a better option, I’m all ears. Just want to be educated and not go in the wrong direction.
Q. I resigned from the United States Postal Service in 1999 after 12 years of service and received a refund of my retirement contributions. If I get hired on to the USPS again, will I be able to buy back my time like the military candidates? I haven’t been able to find any information regarding this situation, only what pertains to the military.
Q. Doesn’t it make sense once you hit your retirement date to use your sick leave instead of applying it to your retirement? You get paid your full salary while off, get credit for the time and time applies to the FERS annuity supplement.
Q. I served 21 years and six months in the military, paying Social Security all the time. I also paid a little Social Security prior to going into the military. I went into civil service under CSRS in 1985. All of my Social Security was paid into prior to going to work under CSRS, so why should I have an offset after retiring from civil service after 20 years? I paid in the CSRS program and all my Social Security was paid under a different system that shouldn’t have anything to do with civil service and my Social Security.
Q. Although I’m a FERS disability retiree, I have applied for a full-time job under NAF. Can I do this legally? I am willing to not receive my disability pay, as little as it is, and my doctor said I can work with no problems.